In this Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015 photo, Palestinian villagers stand guard at the entrance of the West Bank village of al-Jab'a, near Bethlehem. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
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Israel has jailed a Jewish extremist for six months without charges or trial, expanding a crackdown against militant Jews and deploying a contentious measure typically used for Palestinians suspected of planning attacks.The ministry would not elaborate, but Israel's internal security agency, Shin Bet, said Meyer was among five people arrested in connection with the arson attack against a well-known church in northern Israel in June.Jewish extremists have for years vandalized or set fire to Palestinian property, as well as mosques, churches, the offices of dovish Israeli groups and even military bases.Israel has defended the administrative detention of Palestinians as a necessary tool for preventing militant attacks.The Palestinians are also taking action to try to prevent future attacks. The Palestinian leadership has begun forming civilian patrol groups across the West Bank, where Palestinians who say they feel unsafe are hoping to ward off attacks by Jewish extremists.
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